Episode Guide - Season Three

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301. "Passing Go"
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Sunday September 27th, 1998
Written by: David E. Kelley
Directed by: Dennis Smith, Michael Schultz

When Ellenor makes a bad judgement call for a client who hit Bobby with his car, her faith in being a lawyer is drastically shaken. Bobby's also got other things to deal with as he questions his relation ship with his father; Lindsay finally has the new conference room finished.  Meanwhile, the firm learns that Rebecca has been studying at night school for five years and has just passed the bar exam. She's given a case involving a boy who stole a bicycle; and throughout everything, Helen is stuck in a case where two defendants are both giving the same story. One of them is guilty of murdering a 15-year-old girl, but which one?


302. "Reasons to Believe"
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Sunday October 4th, 1998
Story by: Joseph Telushkin & Allen Estrin and David E. Kelly
Teleplay by: David E. Kelley
Directed by: Jace Alexander

After battling him in court last year, Lindsay gets a call from her former law professor. He's shot someone and killed him so Lindsay grabs Bobby and they both take the case. Meanwhile, Rebecca takes her bicycle theft trial to a jury, hoping to prove her client's innocence. Also appearing is Lucy Hatcher, the firm's new no nonsense secretary who's dispensing unwanted advice all over the place, and Helen is battling another moral dilemma in court as she must decide between letting a murderer free or putting a four-year-old witness up on the stand to be picked apart.


303. "Body Count"
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Sunday October 11th, 1998
Written by: David E. Kelley
Directed by: Oz Scott

When Ellenor's former blind date comes into the office with a severed head in a bag, the firm calls on Helen Gamble in an attempt to determine the best future course of action. Meanwhile, Jimmy and Rebecca defend a man with a very unusual hobby, plotting how to kill his wife and get away with it; And Lindsay and Bobby continue to work on the defence of Anderson Pearson, despite uncooperative witnesses and Lindsay's inner doubts.


304. "The Defenders"
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Sunday October 18th, 1998
Written by: David E. Kelley
Directed by: Dennis Smith, Michael Schultz

Ellenor begins to realize that she may be too close to the case against George Vogelman when she yells at the judge during the initial arraignment hearing. She decides to let Eugene first chair the case when she comes to terms with her feelings that George is innocent. Meanwhile, after ups and downs in the defence of Anderson Pearson, Bobby closes the case as both he and Lindsay await the jury's surprisingly quick verdict.


305. "The Battlefield"
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Sunday October 24th, 1998
Written by: David E. Kelley
Directed by: Alex Graves

When Berluti defends his cousin, who is charged with wrongful termination by an Iranian woman, he has to contend with his own feelings toward the woman and the bigotry exhibited by his cousin; Eugene uncover a bunch of information that could aid in their defence of George Vogelman, but nothing seems to bring them to a sure victory. And when Helen assures Ellenor the murder investigation won't be re-opened, they realize they're in trouble; Lindsay presents a brilliant appeal before a panel of judges, but despite all that has to comes to terms with what she's feeling about the loss in trial.

NOTE: Ms. Bader, the client who sued Jimmy's cousin was played by Shiva Ashfar, Dylan McDermott's real-life wife!


306. "One of Those Days"
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Sunday November 8th, 1998
Written by: David E. Kelley
Directed by: Dwight Little

As Eugene and Ellenor pull out all the stops in their desperate bid to get a verdict of "Not Guilty" in the George Vogelman trial, the Firm puts all hands on deck, helping with strategy and tactics. But when several of the tactics backfire, Ellenor and Eugene question their humanity and their own personal integrity as the trial comes to a shocking conclusion.


307. "Trench Work"
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Sunday November 15th, 1998
Written by: David E. Kelley
Directed by: Oz Scott

The lawyers are stunned when good-natured acquaintance Tommy Silva serves them each with a summons. Silva's client, Steve Robin, is suing the firm for defamation---and $30 million---because Eugene accused him on the stand of decapitating his sister Susan. Meanwhile, tempers flare at Anderson Pearson's sentencing, where Lindsay pleads with implacable Judge Hiller to reduce her former law professor's murder conviction to manslaughter. When Lindsay lands in jail for contempt, Bobby to begins to question Lindsay's professional judgement. Also, Gamble continues her efforts to prevent a 4-year-old boy from testifying in a murder trial.


308. "Swearing In"
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Sunday November 29th, 1998
Written by: Alfonso H. Moreno & David E. Kelley
Directed by: Dennis Smith

Lindsay and Eugene fight for the firm as Tommy Silva (Tony Danza) builds his case against Donnell, Young, Dole & Frutt; Bobby defends Evelyn Mayfield, who's charged in the murder of a baby that was in her care. There's only one hitch in the defence: The DA for the case is Helen Gamble. Plus, Rebecca questions the legal system, when she believes her client may be a serial killer.


309. "State of Mind"
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Sunday December 6th, 1998
Written by: Jill Goldsmith & David E. Kelley
Directed by: Adam Nimoy

The trial of Evelyn Mayfield, who's charged with the murder of a baby that was in her care, begins. Meanwhile, Rebecca defends a boy who was suspended from school for passing a sexually explicit note to a girl in class; Bobby asks Lindsay about a kiss they once shared; and staffers disagree over whether Jimmy should represent the firm in the defamation lawsuit against Tommy Silva (Tony Danza).


310. "Love and Honour"
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Sunday December 13th, 1998
Written by: David E. Kelley
Directed by: Arvin Brown

The $30 million defamation case against the firm goes to trial---and a simmering romance heats up---in this key instalment. As the trial gets under way, Ellenor and Eugene exchange heated remarks with Jimmy over his unorthodox courtroom tactics, which include apologizing to the plaintiff. As if that weren't enough, the disgruntled pair are grilled on the stand by Tommy Silva (Tony Danza), whose remarks spotlight some of the firm's more questionable past judgments. Meanwhile, Bobby's conflicted feelings about Lindsay have him guilty over sharing an innocent kiss with Lucy.


311. "Split Decisions"
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Sunday January 3rd, 1999
Written by: David E. Kelley
Directed by: Michael Schultz

Eugene represents a respected stockbroker friend who, while dressed in drag, was arrested for prostitution, along with a candidate running for DA. Meanwhile, Ellenor is approached by a larger firm to oversee a potentially lucrative liability case that causes a heated debate among the rest of the staffers; and Lucy is reprimanded by Bobby after she pulls a nasty practical joke.


312. "A Day in the Life"
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Sunday January 10th, 1999
Written by: David E. Kelley and Jill Goldsmith
Directed by: Martha Mitchell

Bobby and Eugene face a crisis of conscience when they uncover the truth about a murdered infant. Meanwhile, Helen plans a day of R&R for herself and Lindsay.


313. "Judge and Jury"
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Sunday January 17th, 1999
Written by: David E. Kelley
Directed by: Allan Arkush

When a doctor-assisted suicide is performed on a television newsmagazine, Helen takes the show's producer to court, on charges of murder, for professional and personal reasons. Meanwhile, Bobby's case could be in jeopardy when Jude Kittleson makes a surprising confession to him about her feelings toward him. Also, when Eugene wants to teach his son how to dance, he's offered help by Lucy, who offers to be Eugene's son's dance teacher.


314. "Of Human Bondage"
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Sunday February 7th, 1999
Written by: Catherine Stribling, David E. Kelley and Jill Goldsmith
Directed by: Dwight Little

One of Bobby's old friends, also an attorney, asks for his help in defending a prostitute accused of murder. Meanwhile, Ellenor passionately defends her former first drug client, now desperately in need of a break. Plus, while working on a divorce case, Jimmy teaches Rebecca an important lesson in giving clients what they want for their money, while Lucy's stuck in a tough spot when she has to tell Eugene's son that she can't go on a date with him.


315. "Lawyers, Reporters and Cockroaches"
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Sunday February 21st, 1999
Written by: David E. Kelley
Directed by: Dennie Gordon

Ellenor's dissatisfaction with her colleagues continues to grow when she discovers that Lindsay makes more than twice her salary; Bobby represents a restaurateur who's suing a news reporter for publicly slandering his restaurant for unsanitary conditions; and, after virtually ignoring it, Helen decides to give a cat-killer case its full nine lives: a full blown court trial.


316. "End Games"
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Sunday February 28th, 1999
Written by: David E. Kelley
Directed by: Keith Samples

When Ellenor's now famous drug client comes running to the offices of Donnell, Young, Dole and Frutt and throws a bag of drugs on Ellenor's desk, the police snoop around, and find new evidence that implicated Ellenor in George Vogelman's case. Meanwhile, Bobby learns that he's not the only object of Judge Kittleson's affections, when she asks him to represent her in a sexual harassment suit filed by a former law clerk. Plus, the firm discovers something startling when they all work frantically to absolve Ellenor of murder charges.


317. "Target Practice"
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Sunday March 7th, 1999
Written by: Cindy Lichtman and Alfonso H. Moreno
Directed by: John Patterson

When Eugene's son is caught with drugs at school, the firm gets behind Eugene and gets his son a light punishment. Meanwhile, Eugene discovers that there's a tape of Kendall talking about selling drugs, and questions what exactly his son is like. Because of this, Eugene's ex-wife blames his career and asks that she be granted sole custody; Additionally, Jimmy takes on a gun manufacturer when an assault weapon is used in the murder of a teen.


318. "Crossfire"
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Sunday March 14th, 1999
Written by: Jill Goldsmith and Alfonso H. Moreno & David E. Kelley
Directed by: Dennis Smith

Bobby represents Eugene as he fights to keep custody of his son; but as the fight becomes more and more vicious, the judge has to make a call in the best interests of the boy, not the parents. Meanwhile, Helen prosecutes an accused carjacker she thinks may be innocent; as the case progresses, Helen must decide whether to put aside her true feelings and stay on the case or pull herself from it. Plus, Rebecca fights in court for a psychiatrist who has been fired because a condition left him cross-eyed.


319. "Closet Justice"
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Sunday March 28th, 1999
Written by: David E. Kelley
Directed by: Alex Graves

The firm questions the justice system when the lawyers find out a policeman's error could set a murderer free.


320. "Home Invasions"
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Sunday April 18th, 1999
Written by: Jill Goldsmith & Alfonso H. Moreno
Directed by: Jeannot Szwarc

When Jimmy comes into the office with news that he's found a hidden camera video of Lucy from the Internet, Bobby hops on the case. Meanwhile, Helen's forced to deal with a witness who changed his story from the preliminary hearing to the trial itself.


321. "Infected"
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Sunday April 25th, 1999
Written by: David E. Kelley
Directed by: Dylan McDermott

Despite Ellenor and Lindsay's fear for her psychological wellbeing, Helen is determined to make someone pay for the murder of Gordon Armbrust's wife; Bobby represents a client whose wife died after routine surgery. Meanwhile, Rebecca takes the pro bono case of a man charged with attempted murder, after he's already fired six previous lawyers.

NOTE: This is the first "Practice" episode directed by a cast member.


322. "Do Unto Others"
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Sunday May 2nd, 1999
Written by: David E. Kelley
Directed by: Mel Damski

Eugene takes the case of a rabbi accused of raping a woman with whom he has been secretly having an affair.


323. "Happily Ever After?"
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Sunday May 9th, 1999
Written by: David E. Kelley
Directed by: Dwight Little

The plot of the nun-killer is bought into the spotlight again, as Lindsay is attacked by a person wearing a nun-costume. As Lindsay goes into the hospital, the firm and Helen all fight to find the true attacker, and their suspects include Judge Kittleson, George Vogelman, the Nun-Killer himself, and Joey Heric! Meanwhile, as Lindsay begins to recover, she gets a startling proposal from Bobby.


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